Please note: This FAQ section is designed for system integrators or system administrators that are deploying Wacom tablets across their enterprise.
System-wide implementation of pen and tablet settings
The standard solution for the above requirement is to use the "classroom model" configuration. Alternatively the "PrefsLocation" tag can be used.
- A given user (an administrator for example) sets up their tablet with the proper calibration.
- This user then copies their Wacom_Tablet.dat file to C:\Windows\System32.
- When a new user logs in (or has cleared their preferences), they inherit the settings from the file in System32 and should not be prompted for calibration.
- The user can then alter their settings from the control panel.
Please note: Any changes made will then override the defaults inherited from the Wacom_Tablet.dat file in System32 when the driver restarts upon login or system boot (assuming that the user has not cleared their preferences).
This allows the driver-updated Wacom_Tablet.dat to be written to a given location, and that file is used for everybody.
So if somebody alters their settings then all users will get those settings.
In this case WacomTabletDefaults.xml (containing the "PrefsLocation" tag) must be put in C:\Windows\System32.
Below is a sample wacomtabletdefaults.xml file illustrating how the PrefsLocation tag is used.
Note that the subtle difference between the "classroom model" and the "PrefsLocation" redirection is that in the latter, if anybody clears their preferences, then the prompt (and need to calibrate) will return.
In the former, the defaults will stay in effect.
<root> <PrefsLocation>c:\temp\WTablet\Wacom_Tablet.dat</PrefsLocation> </root>